I've always wondered about this. When the Germans overran the Netherlands in 1940 and forcing their surrender, how could their possessions continue operating? Supplies, replacements, soldiers pay, etc.,were not going to keep coming from the home country. So how did they manage their continued operations? And why didn't the Germans demand that their colonies surrender as well? I understand that there was a different status in the relationship of Vichy France, allowing the Japanese to occupy French Indo-China. But the status of the Netherlands East Indies until the collapse of the ABDA in early 1942 is something I am not familiar with. Any help gents?